Weekly Tips & Insights

5 Insights Caregivers Wish They’d Known Before Caring for a Loved One


For over 30 years, VNA nurses and aides have supported caregivers of patients we serve. Through our support, we’ve listened to thousands of stories and reflections, and many have communicated things they wish they’d known before taking on a caregiving responsibility – things that could have improved their experience.


Caregiver with her mother

Here are the five most common insights mentioned:

1. “The conversation” is best ahead of health decline.

Don’t wait until a loved one is in an advanced stage of their illness to discuss wishes for care because they might not be able to make decisions for themselves.